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Giesela Ruehl

The conference represents the final event of the project “C.L.A.S.S.4EU – 4EU training sessions on family law regulations for Cross-border Lawyers And Social Services” (JUST-JTRA-EJTR-AG-2016-763874,, coordinated by the University of Verona in partnership with the University of Milano-Bicocca, University of Minho (Braga), Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest) and the Law Institute of Lithuania.

Milan, 25-26 October: Blockchain, Law and Governance

On 25 and 26 October 2019 Benedetta Cappiello and Gherhardo Carullo from the Università degli Studi di Milano will host a conference dealing with blockchain from a legal perspective. The focus is on the positive effects that this technology can generate. Special attention is paid to projects that aim to promote sustainability through blockchain solutions. One of the panels is devoted to jurisdiction and the law applicable to smart contracts.

Over the course of the last few decades, the European legislature has adopted a total of 18 Regulations in the area of private international law, including civil procedure. The resulting substantial legislative unification has been described as the first true ‘Europeanisation’ of private international law, and even as a kind of ‘European Choice of Law Revolution’. However, it remains largely unclear whether the far-reaching unification of the ‘law on the books’ has turned private international law into a truly European ‘law in action’: To what extent is European private international law actually based on uniform European rules common to all Member States, rather than on state treaties or instruments of enhanced cooperation? Is the manner in which academics and practitioners analyse and interpret European private international law really different from previously existing domestic approaches to private international law? Or, rather, is the actual application and interpretation of European private international law still influenced, or even dominated, by national legal traditions, leading to a re-fragmentation of a supposedly uniform body of law?

In the last decade, the European Union has unified large segments of private international law for its Member States. However, existing treaties concluded by Member States with Third States enjoy priority over European private international law rules. This priority rule hampers the uniform application of EU law and creates friction with harmonised procedural rules. In addition, the legal relationships for large numbers of Third State citizens are not governed by EU private international law but by rules laid down in international treaties, which often dates back to the beginning of the 20th century.

Written by Christiane von Bary, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

The 8th edition of the biannual Journal of Private International Law Conference took place at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich from 12-14 September 2019, organized by Professor Anatol Dutta in cooperation with the editors of the journal, Professor Paul Beaumont and Professor Jonathan Harris.

The Department of Law of Loyola University Andalusia will be hosting an International Conference on 20-21 January 2020 in Seville, Spain, to discuss the impact of digitalization.

The Conference which will revolve around five major thematic areas from a multi-disciplinary approach, will also include panels on digitalization and Private International Law. 

Out now: Latest issue of RabelsZ 2019/3

The latest issue of RabelsZ has just been released. It contains the following articles (English abstracts are available only for articles in German):

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, The Common Law in Private Dispute Resolution’s Shadow, pp. 487 et seq

Since the entry into force of the Treaty of Amsterdam in 1999, the European Union has adopted an impressive number of regulations in the field of Private International Law. As a result, Private International Law has gradually become a truly European discipline. However, a truly pan-European forum to discuss issues of European Private International Law is still missing. Following a conference in Berlin in 2018, a group of Private International Law scholars from all over Europe[*], therefore, felt that it was time for a European Association of Private International Law (EAPIL).

This spring, the first meeting of the newly established Young EU Private International Law Research Network  was held at the University of Würzburg (please find more information about this event here). The first research project and meeting in Würzburg dealt with the “Recognition/Acceptance of Legal Situations” in the EU.

The Institute for International Business Law of the University of Münster (Germany) will be hosting a conference on “Kollisionsrecht 4.0 – Künstliche Intelligenz, smart contracts und Bitcoins als Herausforderungen für das Internationale Privatrecht” on 8 November 2019 in Münster (Germany). The conference will examine the conflict of laws challenges arising from artificial intelligence and blockchain phenomena. Wolfgang Prinz (Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT), will provide the indispensible technical background.